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Corn Syrup Sucks

20 Jun

grape jelly from the Bartmann fridge
[grape jamfrom the Bartmann fridge]

A public service announcement from bartblog: your body is becoming corn syrup. A couple of my colleagues at the Rural Learning Center are on a high fructose corn syrup crusade. Mike-the-Flax-Blogger challenged Lindsey-Over-the-Wall (I can’t really call her that anymore–we’re ‘co-working’ without walls now!) to not eat corn syrup. She’s a few days into her challenge, and if she’s slipped up it’s been by accident. Lindsey’s a vegetarian, so reading the ingredients label is nothing new to her. I think it will be much more difficult for her to skip corn syrup than meat. It’s not that HFCS is necessarily so terrible alone, it’s that it’s in everything and we take it in all the time in huge quantities. Anyway, Mike’s blog shares an interesting video on corn syrup’s world domination here on ‘The Wunders of Flax.’

More bad news about corn syrup: Mayo Clinic, How to Avoid, Drowning in HFCS, Link to Diabetes on FOX, WebMD, Wash Post, Double Danger, King Corn.

And (to be fair) some arguments about HFCS goodness from the Corn Refiners Association here.

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4 Comments

Posted by on June 20, 2008 in Food, Health

 

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4 responses to “Corn Syrup Sucks

  1. cornsyrupkills

    June 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Good stuff.
    Keep fighting the good fight!

    – Brad
    CornSyrupKills.net

     
  2. Sarah

    June 23, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Oh my dear brother… My husband watched King Corn with his SDARL class last year and it left, I believe, the majority of the class in disgust — that 2 city boys come down and bash the farmers and try to state the farmers are poisoning us all with their corn. I do understand not wanting corn syrup in every food. But I also have to stand up for my hubby and his career. You should get his side of the story…..
    Your fave sis

     
  3. joebart

    June 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I’m not bashing Jason or any other farmer. I’m ranting on all the high fructose corn syrup my girls (and yours) eat every day. This is a systemic problem. It’s not the producers’ fault–they grow corn and get paid for it, and don’t have to give much thought or input into what it’s used for. They don’t turn it into “poison” or anything else, and they don’t force us (or even try convincing us very hard) to eat it. We have a food system in this country where most every participant at each step of the process–from seed and chemical development to farming to refining to packaging to grocery store–is handled by a separate industry. In general, farmers are left mostly in the dark and without any control about all the other steps, unfortunately.

    Who has the most power? You and me and everyone else buying groceries and junk food. We just don’t use it. I don’t think Jay needs to worry about finding a market for his corn anytime soon.

    There is a movement going on that is trying to open up the blind spots in the worldwide food system, so each level of the system (from seed and chemical production to farmers of all kinds to end consumer and everyone in between) can really see from the others’ point of view. My friend Hal Hamilton, a farmer from Iowa, is leading the project. Check it out at http://www.sustainablefoodlab.org/. Members include companies and organizations like US FoodService, Aramark, General Mills, Heinz, SYSCO, Unilever, Catholic Relief Services, Kellogg Foundation, a bunch of universities and government entities, and dozens of others.

    Love you sis,
    jb

     
  4. joebart

    June 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    In case I wasn’t clear, blaming any farmer for putting HFCS into my grape jelly is like blaming the steel factory for hunting accidents. This is an America problem, not a great plains farming problem. We’re all to blame if we don’t change.

     

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